We’ve all heard it. Don’t judge a book by its cover. And yet we all do it anyway. We DO judge books by their covers! Whether we think we do or not.
Whenever I hear this phrase, my mind immediately goes to a particular book. Which book?
The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery (of Anne of Green Gables fame).
I probably first read it when I was about 11 or 12 years old. This was the copy at our local library… (see image to your right.)
It was really and truly the UGLIEST book cover I had ever seen. It was so ugly, I did NOT want to read this book. So what if was by my favourite author!
Ugh! That cover.
But then, somehow, I did bring the book home.
And I did read it.
I loved it.
And you know what? Years later, my friends and I were discussing this book. (We all love this book!) And we discovered that we ALL had the same experience. (Being from the same small town, we all went to the same library.) We all hated the cover of this book! And we all didn’t want to read the book BECAUSE of the ugly, ugly cover. And finally, we all did read the book, in spite of the cover. And we all fell in love with it.
P.S. Now I look at the book cover and think to myself, it’s not quite as ugly as I remember. In fact, it’s bringing back fond memories. Nostalgic memories. I’m finding I rather like this book cover… now.
Do you consider the book cover above to be ugly? Would you pick it up to read? Let me know in the comments!
How about THESE covers? Which one catches your eye? (I really like the simplicity of the first one!)
BONUS: Have you read The Blue Castle? If so, feel free to gush about it in the comments!
P.S. The photo at the top of this blog post is my first-edition, hard back copy of The Blue Castle. Which I love! It’s falling apart, but that is partly what gives it its charm. (And there’s a bit of a story of how I got it. But perhaps that’s for a future post…)